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By | Brid-Aine Parnell 29th September 2014 13:57

Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

Former CEO insults rivals and bigs up the Oracle cloud in Openworld keynote

Despite once declaring that the cloud was “complete gibberish”, “insane” and “idiocy”, former Oracle head honcho Larry Ellison has announced that the firm is now ready to be the foundation of the cloud for its customers.

Larry Ellison speaking at Oracle Openworld yesterday (28th September)

Speaking at the company’s Openworld conference, Ellison said it wasn’t enough for Oracle to be dealing in software-as-a-service like Salesforce.com, or infrastructure-as-a-service like Amazon. Oracle needs to be everything cloudy all at once.

“We definitely have a build and buy strategy that works together to increase our portfolio in the cloud to offer our customers better solutions,” he said.

He also used the opportunity to insult a few of his competitors on their less-than-worthy cloud offerings, claiming that folks like Salesforce and Workday don’t even have a platform of their own.

While he acknowledged that Salesforce was “the best of the rest”, he said that he had “no idea what runs on HANA”.

Ellison recently stepped down as chief exec to be replaced by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, but you wouldn’t think it from his keynote.

You can see highlights of his speech in the video above and enjoy the full keynote from the now CTO here. ®

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